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44 ideas to make extra money

44 ideas to make extra money

Looking for easy ways to make money on the side? We’ve got lots of ways to make money online and offline. Some are easier than others but we’re always finding new ways so keep checking back!

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Make extra cash

1. Rent our your spare room

forrentIf you’ve got an empty bedroom, why not take in a lodger? You can earn up to £4,250 tax-free income on your spare room, and with a summer of sport including Wimbledon and The Ashes coming up, there’s never been a better time to advertise your room. Check out SpareRoom, Gumtree and Easyroommate to advertise your room for free.

For more information read our article on renting a room for tax free cash.

2. Save £££ with Direct Debit

ddSwitch your utility bills to being paid by Direct Debit – it could save you over £300 a year. Npower, for example, is giving its customers who switch to Direct Debit an annual discount of up to £100. Just make sure you still regularly check your bills – and make sure you’re with the best-value energy supplier to start with (use our simple energy comparison tool to quickly check whether you’re on the best deal).



3. Sell unwanted DVDs and CDs

cdMake some extra cash selling your old, unwanted DVDs, CDs, games, books and tickets on websites like,, eBay and MusicMagpie. In fact, why not de-clutter your whole house and sell everything you no longer need?!

For more information read our full article on making money selling old books, CDs, DVDs and video games.


4. Make cash from your driveway

drivewayIf you don’t use your garage or driveway you could rent it out for money – particularly if you are in London or another parking-unfriendly city. Just register with a site like ParkatmyHouse, put your postcode in and wait for desperate would-be parkers to contact you.

For more details read our full article on making money renting out your driveway or garage.



5. NHS secretaries – make money transcribing

nhsIf you’re a medical secretary you can make extra money by transcribing medical notes in your spare time. Companies, such as DICT8, will pay you to write up medical notes and the best bit is that you don’t even have to leave your own home, as they’ll send all the information you need to your computer. You can do as much or as little as you want, and you’re paid on a ‘per line’ basis.


6. Have your true story published

magazine-saleSell true-life stories to newspapers and magazines can be fairly lucrative, you can earn between £200 and £2,000 depending on the story. Take a Break magazine offers up to £1,000 for sensational stories, so if you’ve got something to say don’t hold back!

Check out our full article on how to sell your story.


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7. Take part in clinical trials

clincDid you know you can make up to £4,000 taking part in clinical trials? Volunteering for clinical trials doesn’t have to involve taking risky drugs. Many trials are perfectly safe – some are simply sleep studies or psychological tests. The exact nature of the trial (along with any possible risk of side effects) will be clearly explained so you can make an informed decision.

If you’re in any doubt about any aspect of the trial, ask. If you’re still not convinced, don’t sign up for anything you’re not happy with – risking your health or your peace of mind for a bit of extra cash isn’t worth it. See, Trials4us and GlaxoSmithKlein to find trials in your area, and check out The British Medical Association for more information on clinical trials.

For more information read our full article on making money taking part in clinical trials. 




Get paid for your opinion

8. Fill out surveys

survey-softwareOnline surveys are a great way to make some extra cash or store vouchers. Never pay to join an online survey site and set up a separate email account so your personal one doesn’t get flooded with spam.

Survey sites we recommend include:


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 Nielsen Online Panel is one of our favourites because you don’t have to really do anything. All you have to do is download their app onto your home computer and you’re automatically entered into a prize draw of up to £30,000. 

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For more information take a look at our article on online surveys. 


9. Review products for money

thumsIf you have some free time, will pay you £3 for each review you write. Find out more about


10. Mystery shopping

Mysteryshopping-150x150Mystery shopping is a fun way to earn some extra money while shopping, or testing services at local restaurants and pubs. Sounds like a dream job! TNS is looking for new shoppers nationwide to assess a variety of different businesses such as shops and restaurants. Read our essential article about mystery shopping for more useful links and information.



11. Proofread

proofreadingIt can be very boring to read pile of unedited work; however the pay is decent at £10 an hour for a novice and up to £30 an hour for someone with qualifications. Look at the home working directory and go through the companies that are looking for proofreaders.




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12. Get cash for your ink cartridges

thumbnail (10)The Recycling Factory will pay up to £4.10 per empty cartridge, whilst Cash for Cartridges will pay as much as £4.50 a time. You’ll be doing your bit for recycling, while making a tidy sum into the bargain! If you can collect your friend’s and family’s unwanted cartridges, you can make even more.

Also find out what your employer’s policy is towards used ink cartridges. Many needlessly throw hundreds away each year – so why not take them off their hands? Read our article – make money recycling your old gadgets.


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13. Grab freebies and discounts

Freebie-290x290Websites like Gumtree and Freecycle have loads of adverts for free things – quite often they might need repairing or doing up, but you could find a real bargain. For group discounts and deals check out great sites like Groupon, Mighty Deals, Groupola and

Take a look at our regularly updated article on freebies, discounts and vouchers for more great bargains.


14. Join Twitter

DownloadedFileOK, so just joining Twitter won’t make you a millionaire – but it is a fantastic, quick paced forum for picking up little extra  jobs to make money on the side. Try @extrapeopleltd who tweet ads for lookalikes and extras or go to TwitJobSearch, type in what work you want to do and see how many tweets pop up!

Read our 5 ways to make money using Twitter.


15. Post your skills for free

img2123265Want to do some babysitting in your area, or cleaning, or if you’re good at DIY and could put up other people’s shelves? Post yourself and your skills on Gumtree for free. It’s an online forum that anyone can advertise on. If you need someone to mend your computer or cut your lawn for you, you can go onto the site and find someone who can do it for you.


16. Make money blogging

blogThere are occasionally websites seeking bloggers to write daily posts, reviews and adding links. It won’t pay really well but it can be a useful little earner for little effort – particularly if you already enjoy writing your own blog. Check on Gumtree under both the part-time work and the media, design and creative tabs.

For more information read our full article on how to make money blogging.




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17. Get paid to party

bodyshopBecome a consultant for The Body ShopThe Body Shop recruits people to sell their products at special beauty parties in people’s homes. If the party goes well, you could earn over £100 in just one evening as well as receive lots of beauty products for free. What’s more, as you get to decide when you want to host these evenings, you can work as little or often as you like.


18. Promote clubs

hornLike clubbing? Do you have lots of friends? Make money by bringing them into clubs. Go to Velvet PR for free. Tell them where you live and they’ll let you know which clubs need promoting.

To find out more, read our article on becoming a club promoter. 


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19. Get paid to buy alcohol

Beer at Tramdot adjacent to Bear ParkAre you 18 or 19 years old? Looking for a well-paid part-time job? How about getting paid to go to the pub?  Plus you get to keep the drink! All you have to do is have a valid passport or driving licence and right to work in the UK. Head to Serve Legal to find out more.


20. Festival staff

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFestaff supplies casual staff for over a dozen music festivals in the UK including Bestival, Creamfields, Wickerman, Camp Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival, Sonispshere, Rockness and Beachdown. This work is seasonal, they’re always recruiting, so if you fancy going to a festival next year for free keep an eye on Festaff for recruitment opportunities. Pay is minimum wage – but you do get free entrance to the festival and camp facilities.

If you like the idea of free festival tickets then read our full article.


21. Work at events

waiterPromo Agency provides a directory of promotional staffing agencies for you to get in touch with and get work for anything from marketing campaigning to modeling or waiting on tables. If you’re a student and want to get some bar experience whilst earning money, or if you’re just looking for a convenient part time job, sign up with 247 recruit and work at trendy events like the Sonisphere Festival, T4 on the beach and many more! The pay is £6.65 – £7.65 plus lunch and uniform and you can choose which events you do so it’s nice and flexible. Visit 247 recruit to search for part time or full time work . There’s also plenty of opportunities for promotion once you start.


22. Become a life model

lifemodelIf you’re comfortable with nudity, you could make good money as a life model. Pay depends on where you are in the country, but you could earn between £8 and £10 an hour. Take a look at our article on how to make money as a life model for details of how to get started.


newspaper23. Distribute free papers

Earn yourself as much as £10 an hour handing out the Evening Standard, or The Metro (which is distributed all over the UK). Apply to The Network and find out more about getting paid to deliver.


24. Get paid to review music

musicIf you’re a music fan, you can sign up to the unique Slicethepie website for free and become a scout. This basically involves getting paid to listen to the music of unsigned bands from all over the world and review it. Obviously, your reviews have to be competent and fairly well informed, but need only be a few sentences long.

Initially you won’t make much, but as you get a better scout rating (i.e. the more reviews you make, and the more they agree with the majority of reviewers) you can make more and more.

Read more about it in our article on how to make money by listening to music.


25. Be a pedicab driver

pediDriving a pedicab/bug/rickshaw is a great way to stay in shape, meet loads of people and offer emission free transport to London’s visitors. The Bugbugs Community offers training with an accredited National Cycling Certificate awarded. The cost of training is £50, with a £100 deposit required for the duration of your employment, you keep everything you earn, so the harder you work, the more you make.

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 Get creative


26. Sell your photos

photographsYou don’t have to be a pro to sell your photos. Nor do you need to albums full of dramatic shots. If you have a library of decent, ordinary digital snaps – you may be able to sell them through online agencies like 123RF, Fotolia and Picture Nation. You’ll get a royalty fee each time a picture of yours sells. You’d be surprised at how many websites and businesses will be interested in using your pics – and are willing to pay for the privilege.


Read our full article making money by selling your photos. 


27. Make money from your creativity

makeearringsIf you’re good at arts and crafts, there’s a big market out there for your talents. Sites like Coriandr, Folksy and are crying out for people like you to sell their handmade goods online. These sites normally take a small commission of any sale you make (usually around 2-3%), but in return give you a ‘virtual shop’ for your goods. You could set up your own blog and sell your goods online, of course, but this is an easier route if you’re not web savvy. Plus, these sites attract a lot more customers than you would do if you set up a site on your own. Definitely worth a look!


28. Sell cards

cardsTo make a bit of money on the side you could start up your own card business. Starting up your own business sounds like a lot of work, but with Phoenix Trading it doesn’t have to be. To start off you simply order an Introductory Pack, which contains an application form which you then fill in and return along with your first order for cards.

Read our full article on making money writing greeting card messages for more ways to make money from cards.


29. Work as an extra

extraWant to be in a movie with your favourite celebrity? Always thought it would be fun to see your face on the big screen? Acting extras are ordinary people that are essential to setting up scenes in films or television shows. You can earn £65 for 9 hours of work, with a £20 bonus… not to mention the bragging rights if you are in the same shot, even momentarily, with lead actors. The Acting Website offers loads of information on how to become an extra, and you can see a directory of extra’s agents on UK Screen.

Take a look at our article on how to become a TV or film extra for more information.


30. Create web pages

websiteOne of the most popular sites in the US is Squidoo. It is a site where people create a lens (their own webpage) on their favourite topic. The site then makes money from advertisers and links. It then pays 5% of its profits to charity, retains 45% to cover its admin costs, which leaves 50% of the profits for the writer or the charity of their choice. So get started writing about any of your favourite topics, it is free to set up and you can start earning some royalties.


31. Write travel guides

travel guideGet paid to write travel guides at SimonSeeks. They are looking for intelligent, well-written and grammatically correct guides of holiday destinations. Register and upload your guide, await approval from the site’s editorial team, and get paid based on its popularity.


32. Write a story

storyIf you’re a budding writer, you could try your hand at writing a short story for Clonepod, who produce science fiction and fantasy podcasts from work its users send in. They’ll pay you $25 through PayPal for a 2,000 word story that they like, and they don’t ask for any rights to the work at all – which is great if you want to try selling the story over and over again. Go to the Clonepod website to find out more.


33. Become a voice-over artist

voice overGet paid around £50 an hour using your voice. Subscribe with, upload a sample of your voice and quickly and easily apply for voice-over jobs. (You may find that you get head hunted if you have a distinctive voice!) If you are successful, you will be on your way to recording and cash!


Earn money helping others


34. Host and teach foreign students


Can you teach English language? If you have time on your hands and a spare room, you could host a foreign student in your own home and earn extra money giving them tuition. People needed around the country. To host and teach English in your home visit the InTuition Languages website or give them a call on 020 7739 4411. You could also rent your spare room out to a foreign student and get a bit of culture at the same time. For more useful information have a look at our article on hosting foreign students.

Read our full article on making money by hosting foreign students.


35. Become a nanny

nannyIf you’re looking for some part time nanny work, you can just be an after school nanny so it doesn’t take up your whole day. You’d be responsible for picking up the children from school at around 3pm and then taking them home and looking after them until their parents get home from work. The job involves supervising homework and playtime, preparing tea and ferrying the children around to any after-school activities they take part in. After-school nannies have to have at least 2 years of childcare experience, but no formal qualifications or age limits apply. For more information have a look at the After School Nannies website.

Check out our articles for more information childminding.


36. Become a personal tutor

TutorsIf you’re a graduate, and eligible to work in the UK you could earn extra cash as a home tutor for a range of subjects and levels, usually on a one-to-one basis at the clients’ home. See London’s Learning website for details on tutoring in London or agencies like Personal Tutors for more information on nationwide tutoring.

For more information on who to contact and how much you could earn, have a look at our article on earning money as a tutor.



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Become a dog walker 

If you’d like to combine your love of the outdoors and animals then dog walking can be a great way to earn some extra money too! Earnings range from £6 to £10 per half hour. Register your self as a dog walking company at Petpals. For more information read our article on how to make money from dog walking.


38. Earn money for yourself and for charity

giving-to-charity-180x160Become a charity fundraiser and do your bit for good causes whilst you earn! Charities are constantly on the lookout for people to stand on the street and persuade passers-by to pay monthly amounts to their cause. You can earn between £8.50 and £11 an hour, on average, and the work is flexible. It involves being outside and meeting people, of course, but you could get a lot of abuse from pedestrians. There are several commercial organisations that run campaigns but they keep a percentage of the money raised. Better to work direct for the charity if you would like to do this. Just a few of the organisations looking for fundraisers directly are Shelter and Concern.


39. Make money referring friends to jobs

referThere are more and more companies offering to pay you to refer your friends. The website Refermehappy has a load of companies that do it, and you can join as either a ‘referrer’ or a ‘friend’ and you both get a referral bonus from the company. Plus, we’ve got loads more companies to look out for in our article on referring friends.


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40. Become a ‘virtual assistant’

vaIf you’ve got secretarial experience, you could work for small businesses – from the comfort of your own home! Experienced virtual assistants charge up to £25 an hour, visit

For more information read out popular article on making money as a virtual assistant.


41. Get paid to iron

ironBy doing other people’s washing and ironing you can make cash when it suits you, whilst catching up with the EastEnders omnibus! Bring in customers by putting an advert in the local paper, handing out leaflets in your local area or, for more professional advice, check out Mark & Sue’s Ironing Service. If you want to start up your own ironing service business you can buy a starter kit for £175 (which includes your own website, flyers, business cards, and the like). This is quite a comprehensive kit but you could probably do it cheaper yourself – see our article on how to make money by running an ironing service.


42. Earn and get free accommodation

mhaCheck out the job opportunities at Mrs Hunt’s agency for cleaning and household opportunities all over the country. Probably best for those of a practical nature and most of the time accommodation is included.

For other ways to get free accommodation, read our comprehensive article. 


43. Use your Slivers of Time to work locally

sotA new government-backed website called Slivers of Time can match people with just a few hours to spare here and there with local work that’s just part-time. You just register with the site, get a calendar and then when you’ve got a few hours to spare coming up, put your free time on the calendar. Then these spare hours are sent to local agencies and businesses like call centres, catering companies, retail outlets and distribution centres who regularly have part time vacancies.


44. Find new jobs every day

The Jobs Group website has new jobs coming in all the time. Check it out and sign up for as wide a variety of occupations as you think you might be able to fulfil. If you want to keep your identity private then you can create a new email address on Gmail for example (this is free, of course). If they ask for a CV up front then upload a blank word or text document.

jobBetween September and December is the event industry’s busiest time of year. Most will be recruiting extra staff to keep up with their bookings and if you work on Bank Holidays etc then you’re likely to make even more cash.

MyOddJobs is a website that connects people who do the odd jobs with the people who needs the jobs. Give it a try!

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Let us know any of your tips and secrets on ways to make money by commenting below!

38 Responses to “44 ideas to make extra money”

  1. Faye says:

    Another way of making money from your home: you can now rent out rooms during the day at vrumi.

    Plenty of people are looking for space to work in the city and at the end of the day the room’s your own again!

  2. Michael roche says:

    I recommend an app called Instant Rewards, you can make money a bunch of different ways such as: taking a survey, downloading apps watching videos and a bunch of other ways.

  3. Tyme Waster says:

    Very illuminating…

  4. Tyme Waster says:

    Most of these schemes aren’t even practical or even viable, I mean becoming a clinical trial in effect a guinea pig? oh so you get a few quid but realize youv’e been infected with an illness or given cancer and are slowly dying, how idiotic how can that be a legitimate and safe way of earning some money.

  5. Scott says:

    Blogging can be a great way of making a living, but there is so much more to it than simply starting up a website and writing away.

    That said, we are always on the lookout for talented UK writers.


  6. Jacob says:

    Another great way is taking part in usability studies. These are basically paid surveys. Loop11 is a company that offers these and they keep sending surveys to you as they come up.

  7. Claude says:

    Good ideas! But, I’m more a fan of saving money. I believe in the saying that a “penny saved is more than a penny earned because you don’t have to pay taxes on it”

    I don’t mind living in a slightly smaller place if it means I have a healthy savings and retirement account. After the most recent housing bubble created by the fed, I am not too interested in jumping in here. Other small cutbacks that can add up big?

    1) drop the smart phone and get a “dumb” one. Save about $50 per month. Get a low-priced tablet (e.g., Kindle Fire) or use your old iPhone as a wi-fi only device. Wi-fi is available everywhere; you really don’t need to pay for cell-based data plans

    2) call your car and home insurance company and tell them you want to go through all your coverage because you found another carrier that is cheaper. They’ll probably help you “find” 10% off or more.

    3) speaking of car insurance – An expensive policy from GEICO, Progressive, etc. is not needed. You can find one usually for less than $25/month from a place like 4AutoInsuranceQuote. If you spend too much on car insurance from one of those big companies, chances are you are simply funding their expensive TV ads with cute animals.

    4) compare what your house is really worth to your assessment. Many assessments have never been properly adjusted down to reflect the market over the last 4 years. We cut our property taxes by about 20%.

    5) re-fi your 30-year mortgage to a 15. The interest rate will drop by at least 50-75 bps, more depending on your current rate. The payment may go up slightly, but it is because you are paying off your loan faster. If it’s possible, get the mortgage paid off before the kids go to college. At a minimum, have it paid off before you retire.

    6) review your credit card bills for all the things you are paying $10-20 per month for that you no longer need. I bet everybody has at least a couple

    7) drop all magazine (paper and on-line) subscriptions. If you look around, you can find comparable content for free.

    8) review your investment portfolio for ways to replace higher fee mutual funds or ETFs with lower fee ones. S&P500 funds/ETFs shouldn’t charge more than 0.10% in fees. Fees may be higher for specialty funds, but they are all coming down fast. If your company 401K uses high-fee funds, talk to the folks in charge. A difference of 25 bps in fees will mean a difference of about 5% in your portfolio value after 25 or 30 years.

    9) and of course the most impactful — never carry a balance on a credit card. If you can’t resist, cut up the cards.

  8. saikiran says:

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  9. What about renting out the spare space in your house (loft, spare room or garage) as storage space for your neighbours? See :-)

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  12. wendy FHart says:

    Moneymagpie is a great web site. Does any one of that kind of site in the USA?

  13. sportske says:

    It?s really a cool and useful piece of info. I?m glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Ann-Marie says:

    I’m trying to use my cake decorating & baking skills to earn some extra money from home, with a view to making it a full time profession. Any help, tips and advice is very very much appreciated x

  15. lynda says:

    I have written a short childen’s story, bu don’t have the money to get is published do you know of any publisher only pay if the book sells?

  16. Leighton says:

    Excellent article! Thanks Jasmine!

    I’m new to your website – but it has given me so many ideas… and hope!

  17. Clare says:

    Why do some of these things that are supposed to make you money ask for money up front eg proof reading or extras? The advise I was given is to not pay as possibly there’s not any work there. If they wish to give you a job they will not ask for money but pay you if genuine. Surveys are good and last year won some money from a sweepstake entry. When you didn’t get paid off the survey you got a sweepstake entry which won me some money.

  18. Clare says:

    Hi I tried registering with but just seems to be for USA and couldn’t register as being from the UK.

  19. susan smith says:

    I have a full time job but need to make some extra money at home does anyone know of any manual home work like assembly etc

  20. lauren says:

    does anyone know hwere i can sell my old books published between 2000-2009

    • We like or Amazon marketplace. Once you’ve uploaded the details you just wait for people to buy them. Any books you don’t sell you should take to your local secondhand book shop and see what they offer.

  21. Tony says:

    Hi everyone
    There is a fantasic opportunity to earn extra money from home. It has recently been advertised on TV!
    Become a Kleeneze distributor popping catalogues through people’s doors. For further details ring 01737888047 or visit leave your details and someone will get bck to you within 48 hours.

  22. recycleaid says:

    You can earn extra money by recycling your used ink cartridges with recycleaid.

  23. Sam says:

    Hi there,

    I’m needing to make some extra cash in my spare time. I have very good typing skills so I was wondering if there are any legitimate general typing/data entry vacancies or agencies that could provide me with work from home?

    Many Thanks,

    • Simon Willmore says:

      Hi Sam thanks for posting

      We would generally say that ‘work at home data entry’ jobs are to be avoided!

      But if you try or any similar job site, and type ‘data entry’ you can find a weekend data entry job which will let you fit the work around your existing schedule.

      Or you can try – a lot more reputable than most!

  24. Julie says:


    Just thought I`d point out that The Getting Paid To Iron starter kit is £175 not £75 as stated.

  25. Ahmed says:

    I want to know if you know any places where I can go for paid medical research please.

    • derek says:

      hi ahmed
      i was reading through this web site and i found your question, i think some newspapers do have these in but i would google it and then try some of their answers

  26. Pauline says:

    Hi, Where is the Forum with money making ideas disappeared to? I keep asking but nobody replies. Can anyone help please? Thank you.

  27. Tom says:

    I have some great ebooks on making a bit extra on the internet without any money and they’re free, check them out at my site

    • derek says:

      hi tom
      could u email me your web site so i can try some thnxs

    • peta says:

      Hi Tom
      Although its 2 years since you posted info on about free ebooks for making money on the internet I was hoping that you are still contactable! If so could forward details of your site so I can check these out. Thanks. Peta
      P.S Have you heard of the CoffeeShop Millionaire. Is this legit?

  28. Petagayle says:

    Hi girls,

    I came across your request as I was browing through the Moneymagpie website for ways of making extra money also and can tell you that there is such a UK based service as Dict8 for legal secretaries. They are called Document Direct. Their tel no. is 0845 309 6253 and email address is

  29. LYNDSAY says:

    hope there is antoinette cus i am a legal secretary looking to work a bit of extra house so if you know of one for the UK let me know.

    Good Luck


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